The Leadership Alliance at the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA hosted a major speaking event entitled, “Ending Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan,” with special guest speakers Mavis Leno, head of the Feminist Majority’s Campaign to Help Afghan Women, and Kathy Spillar, Executive Vice President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. This event was co-sponsored by USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC’s Center for Feminist Research. The group garnered press coverage of the event from 5 TV stations and other local media.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .